Tuesday, 20 August 2013


 We're on the pre-sessional, five weeks of academic square-bashing in which an intake of mostly Chinese kids is knocked into some sort of shape prior to entering their departments in October.

'Get them bloody conclusions polished, you orrible little oiks!'

'Call that a paraphrase, lad? That's fuckin plagiarism, is that, an I'll 'ave your bollocks for it!'    

That sort of thing.

Today we listened to part of a lecture, after I had drawn attention to the devices lecturers use to guide the listeners' attention: firstly, secondly, finally, crucially, in conclusion, and so on. Signposts, we call them. I drew one on the board.

'Anyone know what we call this in English?'

Usual Chinese reaction - silence. Then with tremulous timidity, one girl offers:

'An erection?'


CJB said...

Bless .....

Argentum Vulgaris said...

Beats what one student told me at my BBQ birthday bash... It's my sixty twoth birthday. I guess we have to go back to ordinal numbers.


Vilges Suola said...

Sixty tooth? Is it recent? Many happy returns: 'may you hundredify' as they say in Greek

Argentum Vulgaris said...

Last week, 29nd. I have been having the wobbles, losing my equilibrium recently, detailed on the blog. I may not hundredify, not sure I'd want to...


Vilges Suola said...

I definitely don't want to. Will check out the blog.


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